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Subject: Uganda's capital gets a US$33.6 million boost
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 17:22:03 -0500
News Release No. 2008/113/AFR
Contacts : In Washington: Solomon Alemu +1 (202) 473-4075
In Uganda: Steven Shalita +256 (414)302-206
Uganda's capital gets a US$33.6 million boost
Bank reiterates support for urbanization, good governance and improved service
WASHINGTON, November 6, 2007 "The World Bank Board of Executive Directors
today approved a US$33.6 million International Development Association (IDA)
credit to support the Kampala Institutional Infrastructure Development Project
(KIIDP). Kampala - Uganda's capital city. is the hub of Uganda's economic,
political, and administrative activities.
The Kampala Institutional Infrastructure Development Project aims at improving
the institutional efficiency of Kampala City Council (KCC) through the
implementing of the second Strategic Framework for Reform (SFR II) an
in-house strategy developed by KCC to: restructure its administration and
management, liberalize service delivery, institute financial and fiscal
reforms, and improve the organization's image and public relations.
"The economic future of Uganda is intrinsically related to the performance of
Kampala as a locus of productive activity and investment. The city must provide
reliable services and infrastructure for all its residents. Strengthening KCC
is, therefore, critical to the success of Uganda's economy," said Solomon
Alemu, Task Team Leader for the project.
It is estimated that about 80 percent of the country's industrial and services
sectors are located in Kampala and the city now generates over 50 percent of
Uganda's Gross Domestic Product.
The 10-year project will run in three phases from 2008 - 2017. The first phase
of the project, which will run from 2008 - 2010, has three components that are
aligned to support the implementation of the second Strategic Framework for
The first component, worth US$5.8 million, will be utilized for institutional
development and will include: supporting organizational development and
governance; implementing a financial recovery plan; and strengthening service
The second component, worth US$28.5 million, will finance city-wide
infrastructure and services improvements. This will include: drainage system
improvement, traffic management, road maintenance and up-grading, solid waste
management, and urban markets infrastructure.
The third component, worth US$2.8 million, will encompass project management
activities and establishment and implementation of a comprehensive monitoring
and evaluation system.
Kampala is currently the largest urban center in Uganda with a population of
about 1.8 million, and an annual demographic growth rate of about 3.9 per cent
compared to the national average of 3.3 per cent. At this rate, the city's
population will reach 2.4 million by 2012, which will require proper planning
and management.
"Though Kampala is the country's largest urban centre, it has not kept pace
with its economic and demographic growth. We hope this project will facilitate
the necessary reforms to improve the city's infrastructure and service
delivery. The Bank is, therefore, committed to supporting KCC and government in
its drive for urbanization, good governance and improved service delivery,"
said Grace M. Yabrudy, Country Manager for Uganda.
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